Lindsey Harrington '09
Harrington blasted a grand slam with her first collegiate home run on Monday.

Jeffs Topped by Simon Fraser, Overwhelm Elmhurst for First Win

March 20, 2006

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – The Amherst College softball team suffered a 12-3 defeat at the hands of NAIA defending national champion Simon Fraser University on Monday in the Sun West Tournament, hosted by Chapman University in Orange County, Calif., but rebounded to earn its first win of the season, a 12-4 pounding of Elmhurst College.

The Jeffs scattered seven hits in the loss to Simon Fisher as senior Rachel Hoerger (Oakland, CA), juniors Caroline Polales (Winnetka, IL) and Annalise Rodli (La Canada, CA), sophomore Ralina Shaw (Tumwater, WA) and rookies Lindsey Harrington (Westford, MA), Holly Trace (Northport, AL) and Julia Cummings (Los Angeles, CA) each stroked singles. Polales and Rodli were credited with RBIs, while Polales, Shaw and first-year Alexa Princi (London, England) each scored runs. Senior Miya Warner (Berkeley, CA) and sophomore Samantha Miller (Newton, MA) shared time on the mound for the Jeffs, Warner took the loss, surrendering eight runs on seven hits and three walks, while Miller gave up four runs on three hits and two base-on-balls.

Amherst bounced back in the second game of the day, spanking Elmhurst, 12-4. Warner earned her first win of the season on the hill, hurling a complete game with eight strikeouts. Sophomore Elizabeth Neckes (Dover, MA) was perfect at the plate, going 5-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI, while Harrington belted a grand slam with her first collegiate home run. She finished 2-for-4 at the plate with five RBIs, a run scored and a stolen base. Cummings also posted a flawless showing in the batter’s box, registering a 3-for-3 output, earning three RBIs and two runs scored. Trace and senior Laura Trigeiro (Reston, VA) slapped three hits apiece as Trace had a double and an RBI, while Trigeiro a pair of RBIs and a stolen base.

Amherst continues Sun West Tournament play Tuesday at 1 p.m. against Hope International University.